CEG8101 : Core Concepts in Environmental Engineering
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr David Werner
- Lecturer: Professor Thomas Curtis
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To acquire knowledge and understanding of the physical, chemical, biological sciences which underpin Environmental Engineering and sustainability of the environment.
This module is designed to provide scientific skills and understanding of the key chemical, physical and biological processes appropriate for a practising environmental engineer. Students will gain experience in practical analytical methods for assessing pollution of the natural environment and engineered treatment systems.
Outline Of Syllabus
History of public health engineering and environmental standards
Faecal-oral route of disease transmission (case study)
Chemistry Fundamentals, including chemical pollutants (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite)
Microbiology Fundamentals, including pathogens (E. Coli, Vibrio Cholera, Salmonella Typhi) and biotransformation (nitrification of urea)
Measurement and Analysis Fundamentals, including quality assurance and statistics (Theory and Practical).
Modelling Fundamentals, including mass balance and simple computational methods
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||10:30||21:00||Assessed reports on laboratory practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:15||1:15||Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||15||1:00||15:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||15||0:30||7:30||Revision for exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||3:00||9:00||Practical laboratory sessions|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||4||1:00||4:00||Tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||3:00||3:00||Field Sampling trip|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||39:15||39:15||Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The course introduces the chemical and microbiological principles required for an understanding of environmental pollution through lectures and tutorials. It provides experience in analytical techniques for pollution measurement, and assessment of compliance with regulatory standards. It develops skills in data collection, handling, interpretation and presentation in written form (laboratory report). The laboratory classes are split into smaller groups with demonstrator support to facilitate skills development. Acquired skills are assessed in the laboratory report. The field trip is included to provide practical context for lecture materials.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||1||A||50||Unseen written exam.|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||50||One submission of two assessed reports on laboratory practicals (maximum 15 sides each).|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Knowledge and skills are assessed by unseen written exam, and an item of coursework. The exam employs a range of approaches to assess student ability including essays, numerical problems, and short multi-part questions. Coursework assesses skills in planning, organisation, data-analysis, interpretation, through written presentation of a laboratory report.